Stop thinking about it and just do it. You know you want to so, pick up the camera and start shooting. It does not matter what kind of camera you have. All that matters is if you can tell a story with your instrument. Too many people get caught up with what camera they have or which one will make them better. Reality check…. it’s the person behind the camera that does all the magic. Sure, the quality may be better with one camera vs another, but the camera is a mere instrument in the process of creating a story. If you have the best camera in the world and can’t tell a story visually with audio, well my friend, you’ll have to start working on your techniques.
You may own a little old digital camera that came out six years ago, but don’t let the detour you from practicing and becoming great. It still works and you can use it to create something quite spectacular. The vision you have should continue though that lens, and not stop because you don’t own the newest and latest equipment. Don’t get me wrong, toys are good and everyone wants the best, but this is when you need to understand that it’s how creative you can become that really matters. Cameras become obsolete these days so fast it’s not funny. So instead of running around hoping and wishing you had last week’s camera, get behind that lens and start producing.
As a storyteller, you should practice your craft on a regular basis. Crafting new ideas and carrying them out allows you the freedom to create. You may find new ways of doing things. Your work flow may improve, or you may find that you really appreciate that 50mm lens. These discoveries will not be found if you sit around and do nothing.
Create, create, create. One tip I have for you is this: choose a subject, it could be a soda can. See how many ways you can shoot that soda can. Utilize different angels, get close to the can, and go wide. Challenge yourself to shoot as many possible shots as you can. This will defiantly make you a better shooter. It may seem boring at first thought, but once you start challenging yourself, you will find so many ways to shoot it.
Have fun this rest of the year and I hope you have a great New Years. Think of what you want to accomplish as a storyteller in 2017. As for me, I would like to take on more small business and nonprofit work. I also enjoy shooting engagement sessions. I shot one not too long ago, and I have received some great feedback. I will post my latest PSA I shot and this engagement session. Again, have fun shooting and have a great rest of the year!
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.